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The Scout Squad’s best FPL players for Gameweek 10

The best Fantasy Premier League (FPL) goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards for Gameweek 10 are discussed by Fantasy Football Scout contributors Az, Sam, Neale and Tom.

For those new to this feature, it’s a weekly piece that always takes the form of a ‘Free Hit’-type selection for the upcoming Gameweek.

All of our panelists propose an 18-man long-list of Fantasy players, explaining their notable inclusions and omissions in the article below.

The Scout Squad also serves as a precursor to the Scout Picks, as the players listed will then be narrowed down to a squad of 15 (with the starting XI not exceeding a total cost of £83.0m) for final our weekly selection.

Each writer must meet the following requirements:

  • At least one goalkeeper costing £5.0m or less
  • At least one sub-£5.0m defender
  • At least one midfielder listed at £6.5m or below
  • At least one forward priced at £7.0m or lower
  • No more than three players from the same club

SCOUT SQUAD’S PICKS OF THE BEST FPL PLAYERS FOR GAMEWEEK 10



AZSAMTOMNEALE
GKIllan MeslierIlan MeslierEdouard MendyIllan Meslier
Álvaro FernándezEdouard MendyJose SaEdouard Mendy
Ben FosterBen FosterBen FosterLukasz Fabianski
DEFTrent Alexander-ArnoldTrent Alexander-ArnoldTrent Alexander-ArnoldBen Chilwell
Ben ChilwellBen ChilwellJoao CanceloTrent Alexander-Arnold
Joao CanceloAaron CresswellBen ChilwellAymeric Laporte
Antonio RudigerJoao CanceloKurt ZoumaPontus Jansson
Tino LivramentoTino LivramentoRico HenryMax Kilman
MIDMohamed SalahMohamed SalahMohamed SalahMohamed Salah
Phil FodenMason MountSon Heung-minRaphinha
Kai HavertzPhil FodenPhil FodenPhil Foden
Bryan MbeumoRaphinhaKai HavertzKai Havertz
Son Heung-MinMax CornetBryan MbeumoNathan Redmond
FWDMichail AntonioRodrigoHarry KaneMichail Antonio
Patson DakaMichail AntonioMichail AntonioIvan Toney
Ivan ToneyIvan ToneyIvan ToneyHarry Kane
Joe GeldhartHarry KaneRaul JimenezArmando Broja
Armando BrojaKelechi IheanachoKelechi IheanachoJoshua King

Most popular picks: Ben Chilwell, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah, Phil Foden, Ivan Toney, Michail Antonio (four), Illan Meslier, Ben Foster, Edouard Mendy, Joao Cancelo, Kai Havertz, Harry Kane (three)

AZ SAID

After a chaotic Gameweek 9, I’m not anticipating things slowing down this weekend, with in-form Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea all enjoying decent games on paper. Not that it seems to matter at this point, given the disparity between these clubs and the rest of the league this season.

I’m still favouring the premium defensive triple up of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joao Cancelo and Antonio Rudiger, and think it will be a tough ask for Brighton, Palace or Newcastle to breach these defences. Rudiger looks a certain starter after having some time off in midweek, and Tino Livramento is off the mark now, knocking on the door for a start for many of us FPL managers.

In midfield, I’ve adopted a similar strategy to my defensive picks with Mohamed Salah, Phil Foden and Kai Havertz my go-to options to tap into the attacks of the terrific trio. I’m also hoping Bryan Mbeumo can shake off his minor hamstring to be fit for Burnley, and I’m backing Spurs to pile more pressure on Olé Gunnar Solskjaer, with Son Heung-min the main man in attack.

Up front, I’ll be keeping my eye on the Jamie Vardy news – a lengthy lay-off and Patson Daka could be a superb differential given his recent form. I’m also backing the budget options in Joe Geldhart and Armando Broja, who have come into their respective sides and done a great job.

SAM SAID

Why Duffy was benched and Foden’s fine form: FPL notes from Brighton v Man City 7

With Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool all having great fixtures on paper this week, it makes sense to invest heavily in those teams. Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold are essentials, in my view, so they make my picks alongside the Man CIty duo of Joao Cancelo and Phil Foden and a Chelsea triple-up of Edouard Mendy, Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount.

Outside of those games, Marcelo Bielsa seemed to suggest that Raphinha should be ok for the weekend and with Leeds playing Norwich, even though they are not in the best form themselves, he seems like a great option. With Patrick Bamford still out injured, Rodrigo up top could be a decent option, especially after his penalty goal last week. And given Norwich’s lack of attacking threat, Illan Meslier looks to be a great goalkeeper pick for Gameweek 10.

With David Raya out for four to five months and Alvaro Fernandez likely to make his Premier League debut, I have some concerns about Brentford’s clean sheet potential, therefore Maxwel Cornet could be a nice differential for the weekend.

With so much rumour and uncertainty around Manchester United at the moment, I am expecting both sides to be nervous at the weekend and that might just give Harry Kane the space he needs to attack well and turn his season around, so he makes my picks.

TOM SAID

The Rudiger injury latest as Lukaku's FPL appeal 3

Chelsea have now kept 17 Premier League clean sheets since Thomas Tuchel took charge, at least three more than any other side, and though it’s sometimes hard to pinpoint exactly which of their wing-backs will be handed successive starts, it feels like a risk worth taking given their points potential. This week, I’ve opted for Ben Chilwell, who has now scored in three successive league appearances for the Blues, and paired him with the excellent Edouard Mendy and Kai Havertz, who I’m tipping to deliver.

Meanwhile, Brentford have had an encouraging start to life in the Premier League and look a good team for bargain hunting this week. Their opponents Burnley have been poor so far and are still searching for their first win. As a result, they unsurprisingly rank 19th for expected goals (xG), and 17th for expected goals conceded (xGC). That leads me to Rico Henry at the back, plus Bryan Mbeumo and Ivan Toney further forward, providing the former is passed fit of course.

Elsewhere, West Ham United supply two picks, Kurt Zouma and Michail Antonio, with Aston Villa’s ongoing issues defending set pieces in my thoughts. With that in mind, the last team you want to face is David Moyes’ Hammers, whose approach is largely based around crossing. Antonio will also ask plenty of questions of Tyrone Mings, having bagged his sixth Premier League goal of the campaign on Sunday.

After being completely outclassed by Liverpool in Gameweek 9, Manchester United will be low on confidence, especially defensively, which could be good news for Tottenham Hotspur duo Son Heung-min and Harry Kane this weekend. Both players struggled to make an impact last time out, but I think this match will be a more entertaining, open affair, as it was last season, with the attacking players benefitting most.

NEALE SAID

Just as FPL squads are starting to form around a core of Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool assets, the Scout Picks will surely be doing similar for the foreseeable future.

State-the-bleeding-obvious selections from these clubs abound, as they have to if we’re honestly picking out who we think will excel in the upcoming Gameweek, but it’s worth perhaps explaining my own preference for Aymeric Laporte and Kai Havertz this time.

I’m again looking at opposition weaknesses here, with Crystal Palace actually a rather tight defensive unit other than possessing an Achilles heel at dead-ball situations. The match at Anfield was the perfect example of this, with all three of Liverpool’s goals coming from corners or free-kicks. In fact, the Eagles have the second-best expected goals conceded (xGC) from open play in 2021/22 – and the joint-worst xGC from set plays. Laporte, second among FPL defenders for shots in the box this season, gets my vote, although we could easily switch to Ruben Dias if the EFL Cup teamsheets suggest a benching for the Spain international on Saturday.

My selection of Havertz may have a whiff of “don’t back down, double down” about it after Gameweek 9 but Crystal Palace’s aerially mobile attacking spearhead, Christian Benteke, caused havoc among the Newcastle backline last week, racking up seven attempts – four of them from inside or just outside the six-yard box. The Magpies have conceded seven goals from fewer than six yards out this season and these are more Havertz areas than Mount territory, so I’m backing the much-maligned German despite his Norwich blank. Mount, incidentally, has only delivered one attacking return or fewer in 76 of his 80 Chelsea league appearances, so he tends not to make a habit of explosive hauls.

Brentford’s aerial dominance and Burnley’s surprising concession of multiple headed goal attempts (only Leicester have allowed more) leads me to the vertically talented double-up of Ivan Toney and Pontus Jansson, the latter of whom has had three big chances in just the last four Gameweeks.

Max Kilman has matched Romain Saiss for efforts in the box this season, meanwhile, so with Rafael Benitez’s zonal marking system exposed against Watford, and with Wolves much less gung-ho than they were at the season’s start, I’m edging towards a low-scoring home win at Molineux in the Monday night game. Rayan Ait-Nouri would be my preferred selection but with Marcal set to return from injury, there’s too much uncertainty at left wing-back.

The Hornets are still without a clean sheet in 2021/22, so I’ve gone with two possible routes into the Southampton attack in my picks. Armando Broja is grabbing all the headlines with his two goals in as many Gameweeks but his strike partner, the out of position Nathan Redmond, has racked up more shots and key passes (nine of each) in that time and also gets my nomination.


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1,548 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    My new favourite setup:

    McCarthy | Foster
    TAA Cancelo Chilwell | Livra Manquillo
    Salah Son Foden Mbeumo | D.Luiz
    Vardy Antonio Hwang

    Changes every GW, of course. The Vardy slot could be Nacho, Jesus, Toney or Benteke, depending on funds, fitness and transfer plans

    I still really like Sanchez for 8, McCarthy for 4, Sa for 2, DDG/Hendo for 14

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      "I still really like Sanchez for 8, McCarthy for 4, Sa for 2, DDG/Hendo for 14" ?

      1. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Same question lol

        1. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Sanchez for the first 8 GWs, McCarthy for the next 4, Sa for the next 2, DDG/Henderson for the next 14 GWs

          Maximising fixtures for a spot with no clear standout pick this season, where most people wouldn't spend transfers because there's usually a standout pick

          1. Little Red Lacazette
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            I usually don't have enough FTs to be switching goalies. But go with your plans.

            1. Ze_Austin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              I understand. Just stating my preferences. I don't even have Mbeumo for GW10, for instance

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Premium GK Alisson or Mendy making more sense.

      Sanchez the best other option is a lottery.

      1. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Check the fixture list for the keepers I listed

  2. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Man City XI | Steffen, Walker, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Fernandinho (C), Gundogan, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Sterling, Palmer

    SUBS | Carson, Dias, Jesus, Grealish, Laporte, Rodrigo, Cancelo, Foden, Edozie

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      No Foden, pssst

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Isn't that a good thing?

        1. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Not for non-owners 😉

          1. Little Red Lacazette
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            I am a non-owner. Looking to buy if Vardy will be fit.

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      West Ham XI | Areola, Johnson, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell, Masuaku, Soucek, Noble, Lanzini, Vlasic, Yarmolenko

      SUBS | Randolph, Ashby, Coufal, Zouma, Baptiste, Chesters, Fornals, Benrahma, Bowen

      1. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        He's managing Antonio better this season, he will never get injured again now I've sold him

        1. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Being wrapped in cotton wool
          Not sure how it's going to work in December though

    3. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Nice to see the template resting in midweek 🙂

      Please don't sub 'em on, Pep

      Klopp took it one step further with full rests 😀

    4. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Cancelo and Foden nailed AF.

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        🙂

    5. Mr Ozil
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Bernardo seems nailed, totally rested

    6. G B
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Cancelo, Dias, and Foden all rested. Hell yes.

    7. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Mahrez hatrick tonight. Instantly benched for the weekend

    8. Yank Revolution
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Hmmm Zinchenko healthy again it appears...could give Cancelo a break at some point soon.

  3. Legohair
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Semedo&Gray to Cancelo&Brownhill worth to take hit?

  4. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Many may not consider Alisson or Mendy. They are the best GK's in the world compared to Ederson who ends up being like a commentator. When Ederson concedes, the cracks appear.

    1. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      What cracks, what are you talking about?

      1. ManofKent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        I was wondering that. The stats show the city defence to be ahead of the rest. Chelsea have had to rely on Mendy at times but Ederson has had less to do...

    2. Alexis Nonsense
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Mendy and Alisson outscoring Martinez by 1 and 2 points

  5. gellinmagellan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Foden price rise imminent? Was hoping to wait till the end of the game to do Greenwood > Foden. Should I do it right away?

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      That is the exact move I am planning. But don't know anything new on Vardy.

      1. gellinmagellan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Yeah thought we'll know more by now...

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          May just do it and hope for the best.

    2. Dammit_182
        2 months, 23 days ago

        It won’t change till the early hours of the morning so if you want to do it today you can see the game out first.

      • Don Van Vliet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Another 7 hours until any price changes take effect.

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Is Vardy on bench?

      1. gellinmagellan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        No

      2. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        I'll be amazing if he plays or scores again before Christmas

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Why do you say so?

          1. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            He is in pessimistic zone this year. According to him all players stops scoring the moment he adds them.

    4. House Frey Wedding Planner
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Toney and Chilwell for Vardy and Duffy worth a -4?

      1. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Yes but wait for vardy news. He loves arsenal

    5. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Kane starting is a surprise

      1. No Kane No Gain
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        They want a trophy

      2. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Not a surprise at all

    6. jai1212
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Ramsdale (Foster)
      TAA James Dias Livramento
      Salah Havertz Raphinha Saka
      Antonio Kane

      Subs: Armstrong Duffy Brownhill
      1FT and 0.4 it

      A. Havertz >> Foden
      B. Armstrong >> Broja (Save money)
      C. Saka >> ESR (Money to get Toney next GW)
      D. Save
      E. Anything else that I am of course missing out on?

    7. bso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Gwanghwamun or Toney?

      1. bso
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        What did my phone just type lol?
        Hwang or Toney?
        Thanks guys

    8. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Jota and Firmino both on the bench. Wonder who will start up front for Liverpool this weekend?

      1. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Firmino probably

      2. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Not sure, I think Jota will start.

    9. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Looks like my KDB punt will end up in tears.

      1. GenerationalTalent
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Yep I am also worried about this

    10. GenerationalTalent
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Would I be right in saying that De Bruyne starting today decreases his chances of starting on Saturday?

      1. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Yes

      2. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Likely not definitely but increases his chances of injury.

      3. pingissimus
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Not really

        He's had bugger all time on the pitch and Pep may simply want him in rhythm.

    11. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Dumping into one place (messy formatting):

      LFC XI v Preston: Adrián, N. Williams, Gomez, Matip, Tsimikas, Morton, Jones, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Origi, Blair.

      Subs: Hughes, Pitaluga, Konate, Firmino, Jota, Dixon-Bonner, Phillips, Beck, Bradley

      Man City XI | Steffen, Walker, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Fernandinho (C), Gundogan, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Sterling, Palmer

      SUBS | Carson, Dias, Jesus, Grealish, Laporte, Rodrigo, Cancelo, Foden, Edozie

      West Ham XI | Areola, Johnson, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell, Masuaku, Soucek, Noble, Lanzini, Vlasic, Yarmolenko

      SUBS | Randolph, Ashby, Coufal, Zouma, Baptiste, Chesters, Fornals, Benrahma, Bowen

      Burnley: Nick Pope , Ben Mee , Erik Pieters , Nathan Collins , Connor Roberts , Dwight McNeil , Jack Cork , Johann Berg Gudmundsson , Josh Brownhill , Jay Rodriguez , Matej Vydra
      BENCH: Aaron Lennon , Ashley Barnes , Ashley Westwood , Charlie Taylor , Chris Wood , Kevin Long , Maxwel Cornet , Phil Bardsley , Will Norris

      Spurs:
      Pierluigi Gollini , Ben Davies , Cristian Romero , Davinson Sánchez , Emerson , Bryan Gil , Giovani Lo Celso , Oliver Skipp , Pierre-Emile Højbjerg , Harry Kane , Steven Bergwijn
      BENCH: Brandon Austin , Eric Dier , Heung-Min Son , Japhet Tanganga , Joe Rodon , Lucas Moura , Matt Doherty , Sergio Reguilon , Tanguy Ndombélé

      Leicester:
      Danny Ward , Caglar Söyüncü , Jannik Vestergaard , Ryan Bertrand , Hamza Choudhury , Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall , Luke Thomas , Vontae Daley-Campbell , Ademola Lookman , Harvey Barnes , Patson Daka
      BENCH: Boubakary Soumaré , Daniel Amartey , Eldin Jakupovic , James Maddison , Kelechi Iheanacho , Nampalys Mendy , Ricardo Pereira , Timothy Castagne , Wanya Marcal-Madivadua

      Brighton:
      Jeremy Sarmiento , Jason Steele , Adam Webster , Daniel Burn , Haydon Roberts , Shane Duffy , Alexis Mac Allister , Joel Veltman , Pascal Gross , Aaron Connolly , Jürgen Locadia
      BENCH: Antef Tsoungui , Enock Mwepu , Kjell Scherpen , Lewis Dunk , Marc Cucurella , Marc Leonard , Neal Maupay , Odel Offiah , Yves Bissouma

      Brentford:
      Álvaro Fernández , Charlie Goode , Kristoffer Ajer , Mads Bidstrup , Mads Roerslev , Mathias Jensen , Saman Ghoddos , Ivan Toney , Marcus Forss , Sergi Canos , Christian Nørgaard
      BENCH: Dominic Thompson , Edmond-Paris Maghoma , Fin Stevens , Frank Onyeka , Rico Henry , Tariqe Fosu

      1. bso
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Mmn no Vardy. Hope he plays next league game.

      2. pingissimus
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Really is time they axed this nonsense of a competition

        1. Bennerman
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Why is it?

          Seems a good premise for a competition for me: a cup competition for every member of the Football League, ie every team in the top four positions.

          As opposed to the FA Cup, which of course has far broader entry.

          I think that idea holds water, as a second-tier English cup competition.

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Then they should not allow the rich clubs to still win it.

            Joke of a comptetition.

            1. Bennerman
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              What, so everyone in the Football League is mandated to take part.

              But the rich clubs aren't allowed to win it?

              There is another cup competition that is for teams in lower divisions, which excludes the top flight.

              Level of football debate on here is abysmal.

              1. FOO FIGHTER
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                The rich teams play their 2nd rate teams in this joke of a competition.

                It really is like practice matches for them.

                The EFL should rather be given to teams who want to earn a small bit of revenue.

                1. Bennerman
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  What? That is one of the biggest arguments for keeping this competition, that it gives the lower teams a shot at glory, a shot at playing the big teams and getting big crowds, making money etc.

                  I do not understand this statement:
                  "The EFL should rather be given to teams who want to earn a small bit of revenue."

                  1. FOO FIGHTER
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    Yes that is correct, they will not show the small teams playing each other on TV.

                    Rather show a second rate 2nd team rich club vs fodder.

                    The smaller teams do not earn much from the EFL mickey mouse cup.

              2. pingissimus
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                You don't see a problem with a competition that a club as small as Brighton are actively not trying to win despite being in the last 16? None of the PL clubs give a flying one about it and they are three quarters of the last 16.

                1. Bennerman
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  It's not without its problems and I'm not some kind of champion of it, but I am offering some reasons as to why it exists and what its premise is.

                  As opposed to the rabid sort of 'it's a joke', 'it's a nonsense' sort of stuff.

                  This conversation, such as it is, is going nowhere so I'm opting out of it at this point.

                  1. FOO FIGHTER
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    The winners each season of the mickey mouse cup puts your point to shame.

                    1. Bennerman
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Eh? Logic here is oscillating between 'big clubs don't care so it's a joke' and 'big clubs always win it so it's a joke'.

                      Get your logic straight at least.

                      I would point out, Deepdale is full tonight (gate money for them).

                      And third-tier Sunderland are in the quarter-finals, which will be money for them and a cup quarter-final, not to be sniffed at.

                      Now I'm really not getting involved any further, I'm going to watch the game because I enjoy the sport of football, whatever the competition or level.

                  2. pingissimus
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    Even Stoke are putting out an effective second team.

                    Not without its problems is more than a slight understatement.

                2. FOO FIGHTER
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Nailed it.

            2. Sharkytect
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Actually, don't you think that tonight's lineups demonstrate that the Premier league and football league pyramid are, in fact, a "joke of a competition"?

              These massive clubs usually win the competition. And even this far into the competition - one that they DO want o win - they can afford to rest their entire starting 11. Doesn't that just go to show what a stark disparity there is between these clubs and those below them in the league?

              The same teams are the same ones in contention for the league title. Every. Single. Season.

              Only through freak occurencies (leicester) do any other teams get a shot at the top. Money speaks year after year after year. In May the league table is usually a list of the league teams filed approximately in order of richest to poorest. An absolute joke of a competition; perfectly marketed to get us all addicted to it and feed those wealthy clubs loads of money even though most of us can't afford to actually go and watch the f*cking team play.

              At least in tonight's matches one of those teams could make a slight mistake and - boom - put of the cup. A good old knock out competition that (there is far more chance that) anyone could win.

          2. Yank Revolution
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            It should be scrapped. The FA Cup reigns supreme. No nation needs two cups.

            1. Bennerman
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              The FA Cup does reign supreme, indeed.

              But I can see the logic behind this as a second-tier competition. It doesn't seem some crazy premise to me, an all-league cup.

        2. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Even the Europa League!

          The European Cup and Uefa Cup format back in the day was the only way to define the teams worth winning. Both competitions were boss until both were formed into money making racket machines.

      3. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Observations:

        Liverpool full rest for everyone important in FPL
        Man City line-up bodes well in terms of resting popular FPL assets, KDB and Mahrez the main one to start
        West Ham fully rest Antonio, good to see. Benrahma benched too.
        Spurs - unusual to see Kane start. Son benched.
        Leicester - no sign of Vardy on bench, though probably wouldn't be expected to even if fully fit?
        Brighton - Duffy starts in the second choice XI
        Brentford - Toney starts. Don't use full bench and Mbeumo not there - doesn't bode too well for him.

        1. Amartey Partey
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Makes sense that Duffy starts as he was rested against city and they got spanked without him.

      4. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Cheers for this

    12. unclesbasement
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      On FH. Thoughts on my team would be much appreciated
      Fernandez(Gunnarson)
      Chillwell,James,Cancelo(Livramento,Johnson)
      Salah,Jota,Mount,Foden(Brownhill)
      Antonio,Aubameyang,Jesus.

    13. G B
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Toney starts, Mbeumo not in squad

      1. ManofKent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        That was expected - I think Mbeumo still has a decent chance of starting at the weekend.

    14. FortunesAlwaysHiding
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Konate likely to start at the weekend? Seems a bit harsh on Matip.

    15. Steevo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Either of these worth a -4?
      A) Marcal -> Dias
      B) Marcal -> Chilwell
      C) Marcal -> VVD

      (Already have Rudiger, Cancelo + Christensen)

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Maybe Dias but not overly convinced

      2. TB303
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        I’ve had Dias for ages not much return unfortunately

        1. BrockLanders
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          VVD is due a headed goal from a corner tbf so could be a decent punt and you expect a cleanie most weeks

    16. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Is Periera a decent defence attacking option??

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        I'll take that as a no

    17. TB303
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Play Livramento or Toney ?

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Toney for me

    18. Pringle
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      What do you prefer for this weekend?

      A. Ronaldo + Mount + Livramento
      B. Hwang + Gray + TAA (-4)

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        B, be a hair

        1. BrockLanders
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          By

    19. Beatle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      No Black box tonight??

        1. BrockLanders
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Sorry, that link does seem to work. AZ tweeted the link though. 8.30pm

          1. Beatle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Ok thanks

    20. DA Minnion (Former great)
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      No word from Brendan.

    21. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS - BLAIR, MORTON DEBUTS
      Team to face Preston: Adrian, Williams, Matip, Gomez, Tsimikas, Morton, Jones, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Blair, Minamino, Origi.
      Subs: Hughes, Pitaluga, Konate, Firmino, Jota, Dixon-Bonner, Phillips, Beck, Bradley.

      SPURS TEAM NEWS
      Start: Gollini, Leite de Souza Junior, D Sánchez, Romero, Davies, Skipp, Højbjerg, Lo Celso, Bergwijn, Gil, Kane
      Subs: Doherty, Reguilón, Son Heung-Min, Rodon, Dier, Tanganga, Lucas Moura, Ndombele, Austin

      BURNLEY TEAM NEWS
      Start: Pope, Roberts, Collins, Mee, Pieters, Gudmundsson, Brownhill, Cork, McNeil, Rodriguez, Vydra
      Subs: Taylor, Wood, Barnes, Lennon, Westwood, Cornet, Norris, Bardsley, Long

      LEICESTER TEAM NEWS
      Start: Ward, Daley-Campbell, Vestergaard, Söyüncü, Bertrand, Thomas, Dewsbury-Hall, Choudhury, Barnes, Lookman, Daka
      Subs: Maddison, Iheanacho, Amartey, Ricardo Pereira, Mendy, Castagne, Jakupovic, Soumaré, Marcal-Madivadua

      BRIGHTON TEAM NEWS
      Start: Steele, Veltman, Duffy, Webster, Burn, Mac Allister, Roberts, Groß, Sarmiento, Locadia, Connolly
      Subs: Cucurella, Dunk, Bissouma, Maupay, Mwepu, Scherpen, Leonard, Tsoungui, Offiah

      WEST HAM TEAM NEWS
      Start: Areola, Johnson, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell, Soucek, Noble(c), Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Masuaku, Vlasic,
      Subs: Zouma, Coufal, Fornals, Bowen, Benrahma, Randolph, Ashby, Chesters, Baptiste,

      MAN CITY TEAM NEWS
      Start: Steffen, Walker, Stones, Aké, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Fernandinho(c), Gündogan, Mahrez, Palmer, Sterling
      Subs: Dias, Jesus, Grealish, Laporte, Rodri, Cancelo, Carson, Foden, Edozie,

      BRENTFORD TEAM NEWS
      Start: Fernandez, Ajer, Goode, Jorgensen, Rasmussen, Bidstrup, Jensen, Ghoddos, Canos, Forss, Toney(c)
      Subs: Thompson, Henry, Norgaard, Ogochukwu Onyeka, Fosu, Maghoma, Stevens, Oyegoke, Cox

    22. Legohair
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Semedo&Gray to Cancelo&Brownhill worth to take hit???

      1. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        I wouldn't

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        No. Cancelo & Brownhill is really just one player, Cancelo.

    23. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Azpli yellow flagged...

      Azpli to Chilwell for free?

      1. ManofKent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Short term yes if you've got bench cover. Longer term Azpil more assured of starts but a lower ceiling when he starts.

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Could be a good move anyway, though Azpi does look fine here:

        https://twitter.com/ChelseaFC/status/1453401856911228930

    24. pavlev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Leicester team confirms nacho first choice no? Looks great value whether or not vardy is fit, i see them coming into their form and fixtures come along soon too

      1. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Madisson starting to look a good

    25. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Strong side from Man City, as you'd expect from 13 defenders and keepers (excluding the guy in prison awaiting trial) and 13 midfielders plus Jusus to turn too.

    26. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Sarr > foden?

      Idk I just have a feeling sarr could be a good hold for this week

    27. Legohair
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      What about Kane&Gray to Auba&Foden for a hit?worth it?

      1. ManofKent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Tricky - on current form yes, but Spurs fixtures turn nice in a couple of weeks if Kane comes good..,

        1. Legohair
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          It is tricky, Arsenal do have watford next gw at home